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Presidency talks of improve in Niger Delta region

Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State is prepared to inaugurate admission of students for academic session 2017/2018

 

At the meeting of the Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee on Friday, it was pointed to assess advance on the imposition of the Buhari administration’s New Vision for Niger Delta.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, oversee the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Laolu Akande, his spokesman said a gross total of 196 students have been admitted into the university to begin their academic programs, meanwhile 76 applications are pending. Lectures are expected to fully take place from April.

President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the University of N2bn formerly announced to N5bn. This sum was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.

 

It was also highlighted at the meeting the improvement of the modular refineries.

 

A set of modular refinery package shipment has arrived Nigeria and had undergone clearance by customs, which will be installed in Delta State; while another set is expected to arrive in April and to be installed in Rivers State.

The operation of the modular refineries would include the involvement of communities where they are located.

Prof. Osinbajo stated would assure that communities and youths in the region will benefit directly from the refineries which would help create jobs opportunities.

NDDC reported in the same strain at the meeting its progress in the enforcement of its projects in the region. A gross total of 372 projects covering roads, bridges, electricity, water, amongst others, were completed by the commission in 2017.

 

The 25.7 km Nembe-Ogbia road; the construction of Otueke Internal roads in Ogbia LGA, Bayelsa State; Kira Dere Mogho road and Bridge in Gokana LGA, Rivers State is development projects included.

The constructions also include Iselu-Okaigben-Idung-Boko-Onicha Ugbo road, in Edo State, Orie Ukwu Amaoji market road, Isiala Ngwa North LGA, Abia State and the Ashikem-Ufono-Betwaswan road in Obudu, Cross River State.

To ensure the establishment of Amakpe modular refinery to be installed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.The refinery has a capacity of producing 6,000 barrels per day including AMCON

NDDC has also established Job Placement centres to engage about 208,000 youths in the Niger Delta and minimize unemployment and youth restiveness in the region, the NDDC centre will be matching existing vacancies with available skills within the region.

This process is open to competent national and international companies involved in the environment, water and livelihood projects. On the progress of Ogoni clean-up, the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) under the Ministry of the environment is set to initiate the procurement process for contracting experts for the remediation and clean-up of impacted sites.

Submitted to the committee is the final draft of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP), which provides a framework for the development of the Niger Delta.

Attendant at the meeting were the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani; Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril; the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere; the Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside; and the Special Adviser to the President on the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-General Paul Boroh (rtd), the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Adamu A. Rasheed; the Vice Chancellor of the Maritime University, Prof. Mrs. Ongoebi Etebu; and representatives of other relevant MDAs.

 

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